Programs - Educational Theatre

Educational Theatre or Traditional Theatre Program: A Comparison

Educational Theatre Brief Description

A dynamic theatre program dedicated to developing students who are able to bridge creative artistic practice with contemporary theories of teaching and learning in our ever-changing multicultural landscape.

  • 133 credits (60 credits in theatre and theatre pedagogy, 60 credits of general liberal arts courses, and 13 credits in general pedagogy) combining traditional and cutting-edge coursework in theatre arts with a strong foundation in pedagogy and social justice.
  • Students gain practical experience through theatrical production work, internships in cultural organizations throughout New York City, and supervised student teaching experiences.
Educational Theatre or Theatre?

There are three main differences between the undergraduate education we offer in our program and traditional conservatory-style programs.

  • Our focus is on training the artist who teaches and the teacher who is an artist. Our eclectic approach allows students to develop multiple skill sets that can be used to travel down a variety of different career paths: performance, creation, education, and arts administration. We also work to help students develop strong resumes that reflect both their coursework and artistic backgrounds.
  • Our theatre training is holistic.  Students take courses in all aspects of the theatre arts: acting, directing, design, dramatic literature, collaborative creation, and teaching.   This coursework is supplemented by participation in main stage, studio, and touring productions.  Rather than teaching one style or approach, we allow students to experience a variety of different ways to work, thus helping them to develop their own artistic voices.
  • Our students work in applied settings and with diverse populations through internships with theatres, as well as teaching in public and private schools within New York City.  These opportunities to create meaning in the complex and ever-evolving fields of theatre and education provide invaluable experiences that inform the students’ own practice.